,PHILADELPHIA -- By the end of the month the Eagles will have six healthy wide receivers -- and some roster decisions.
Andy Reid confirmed Monday what's been reported here from the beginning -- wide receiver Kevin Curtis (sports hernia) should be back by the end of the month.
Curtis, a 1,000-yard receiver last year, is in the midst of a dramatic recovery although his injury didn't require as much surgery as such teammates as Donovan McNabb.
"He's doing very well actually," Reid said. "He's not going to play this week but he is doing very well."
Curtis initially thought he would be healthy ahead of the six-week estimate spun after the injury. Barring a setback that will happen.
"The month and a half takes you to about the bye week," Reid said. "So hopefully we can get him back a little sooner."
Reggie Brown, who started alongside Curtis last year, might practice on a limited basis Thursday according to Reid. Brown aggravated his strained hamstring last week.
"If he can get a little work in, then we'll do that," Reid said. "If not, we'll just play it day by day there."
Brown might not return in a full-time role according to Reid, who was comfortable dressing four wide receivers, four running backs and three tight ends in the Eagles' 38-3 win over the Rams.
For now, however, Reid said Brown "most likely" would be a starter. With rookie DeSean Jackson having solidified a starting spot, the between-the-lines take is that when Curtis returns healthy, Brown won't exactly be indispensable.
When Curtis and Brown return the Eagles probably will keep five receivers active. That would earmark one of the receivers -- most likely Greg Lewis or Jason Avant - and possibly a running back like Lorenzo Booker for the scratch list.
It's not you.
The Eagles definitely suddenly aren't afraid to play their rookies.
Second round pick Jackson played much of the game at wide receiver and punt returner.
Fellow second-rounder Trevor Laws played 20-plus snaps rotating in at defensive tackle.
Fourth round pick Quintin Demps stood out on special teams.
What's up with this?
"They came in here and they all worked their tail off," Reid said. "They all want to play. They're all very competitive and they proved to the veteran players that they deserve a spot in there to do their thing -- and to the coaches."
While Reid also lauded general manager Tom Heckert and his staff for finding the players, although it was almost damning praise as it dismissed the previous picks made by the player personnel department.
"It depends on the rookies that you have," Reid said. "If they're capable of playing and helping you win games, then you're going to play them."
NOTES ... Much like they do with the cornerbacks, the Eagles are rolling the play calling now with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and Andy Reid. "We'll mix it up," Reid said. "We talk the whole game. He takes some, I take some." Reid didn't name a starting play-caller for the Cowboys ... Cornerback Sheldon Brown's helmet-separating hit on Rams running back Steven Jackson is on YouTube. The link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25wkCn04160. While you're on it you can easily search for the video of his shot on Reggie Bush in the playoffs after the 2006 season. ... The Eagles get Tuesday and Wednesday at work before beginning practice for the Cowboys. ... Still looking for his first shutout, defensive coordinator Jim Johnson now has nine games and counting of holding the opposition to just a field goal. "I'm going to wait until it's 7-0 and we really need it," he said.